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Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 1) 478

by canadiannomad (#48116619) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

I'll only agree with you to a point. There are a lot of old wives tails in latin america that people follow, but for the most part they would trust western medicine in the case of life threatening pandemics where the men/women in white suits start coming out... Also there are lots of doctors around, so if something that serious was happening then they would be be the ones really helping the uneducated people understand that this isn't just a "government scare" and really quite serious. Their social structure is quite good at disseminating information outside of traditional channels.

In short, my guess is that brujeria would be kept to a minimum if an ebola outbreak started in Latin America.

Comment: Re:Perjury (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by canadiannomad (#48056479) Attached to: Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

Actually, this is the US, the selling of the evidence and even its seizure is independent of the trial, in fact, it would be handled in a seperate civil trial under a much more leniant standard of evidence, allowing for all of his assets to be seized and kept EVEN IF HIS TRIAL RETURNS A NOT-GUILTY VERDICT.

He can actually be found not-guilty, let free, and they still get to keep his stuff.

I just want to be put on the record saying: "That is completely insane."

Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 1) 334

FYI Gmail has SMTP/POP service, and has the added bonus of excellent virus/spam filtering and no rational size limits.

I would suggest a linux system with the main system being on a readonly partition. Then use unionfs/aufs to give them readwrite access. Worst case scenario you can blow away the RW partition and it will be restored to your defaults.

As for Window Manager, I'd give'm IceWM locked down with a Windows Style Start Menu. Put anything they can have access to there. (Maybe even a "Restore To Defaults" script.)

If you need remote access setup SSH to autostart on dialup connection, maybe with a No-IP client. If you set a decent password there is little risk for a mostly offline computer, and it would give you access. If ssh port is not an option you could setup some type of reverse ssh proxy connection.. but that might take up valuable bandwidth unless you give them a button they have to push to initiate the connection.

Comment: Re:Poor source (Score 1) 106

This summary is a butchered summary of a far more interesting article. Here is a far better source! [Cause HTML has Anchor Tags] I'm quite surprised at IBT's lack of knowledge. Viruses killed by antibiotics? Toxins Multiplying?

Wow I agree! Thanks for sharing this! This is much more interesting.. Maybe someone should write up a summary about the actual article....

Comment: Re:Mistake #1 (Score 3, Insightful) 116

by canadiannomad (#47822793) Attached to: Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

Much as I'm not a fan of Bill gates, mistake #1 is not following the rules of automation:

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

-- Bill Gates

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